In recent years, the interest in the digitization of higher education has grown significantly, partly because of the hype surrounding Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs). Nevertheless, extensive funding programs did not lead to a significant anchoring of e-learning in higher education institutions so far, but showed the necessity of low-threshold and quality-assured support. This is the aim of the portal e-teaching.org. Beyond this, e-teaching.org fulfills three main functions for the IWM: It is a sensor for current e-learning trends as well as a tool for transfer and for research.
The qualification and information portal e-teaching.org specifically targets university lecturers and those responsible for e-learning at universities in German-speaking areas. The approach of the portal is to foster the use of digital media by providing extensive and frequently updated high-quality content as well as user-oriented features. The aim of e-teaching.org is to support the integration of digital media into university teaching and encourage the testing of innovative teaching scenarios.
In its eight content sections the portal provides a wide range of topics such as didactical, technological, and organizational aspects. The content is regularly being extended and updated. The presentation formats include texts as well as audios and video features, online events with e-learning experts and more. For means of content distribution and communication, the use of social media for communication is systematically being extended through a close cooperation with the research and development project 'e-teaching.org in the context of social networks' which started in 2014.
Acknowledging the necessity of strong partnerships, e-teaching.org cooperates with more than 90 universities in German-speaking countries. These partner universities present e-learning-activities in their own portal section, which is part of the e-teaching.org community, where more than 4,500 members connect.
The main tasks of the editorial team include the identification of promising ways to utilize knowledge media for learning, which allows the IWM to identify current trends at an early stage and take up relevant issues in research.
Ever since its beginning e-teaching.org also served to communicate results of the research of the IWM to the public. Issues are, e.g., the use of wikis in university teaching, learning with text and pictures or design requirements for instructional videos. Under the heading `Aus dem IWM` the work and the fields of research of the institute are presented. The large number of users of e-teaching.org also makes it possible to use the portal as a research tool, and thereby expand the experimental laboratory research of the IWM on knowledge construction in large groups with field results.
Since its launch in 2003, e-teaching.org was funded by various institutions in several project phases. Since January 2014, e-teaching.org has been financed through budget resources of the IWM and supported by the Virtual University of Bavaria (VHB).
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Link to the portal: e-teaching.org